Ovila Abbey Dubbel | Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Ovila Abbey DubbelOvila Abbey Dubbel
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Ovila Abbey DubbelOvila Abbey Dubbel

Brewed by:
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Thorpe429 on 03-12-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 1,036 |  Reviews: 454
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 220z bottle

Appearance - Tanish brown, redish tint. Monster 4 finger creamy thick head. Tons of lacing.

Smell - Very floral, lots of apple, lemon, grapefruit,sugars and spices. Yeasty Bread armoa.

Taste - Starts off sweet, lots of apple and spices. Carmal malts are present, and actually there is a mild hop bite also. Alcohol is masked pretty well.

Mouthfeel - Its medium thickness, coats mouth with plenty of flavors. Pallete gets covered with some hops and sugars. After taste is dry and warm.

Overall - Pretty good and flavorful. Its a little sweeter then most dubbels. The malts are a little weak but still pretty good. I think its a different take on a dubbel and that can make it a unique drink and worthy to find and try.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured beautifully, just as I expected it should for the style, comparing it to Chimay Red. Aroma was right on. A bit thinner, and certainly more carbonation than I expected. but the flavor was well balanced and satisfying. This is a respectable offering from Sierra Nevada and worthy of your attention.

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mostly clear mahogany (and then later a very hazy mahogany) with three fingers of cream colored foam. Settles slowly to a quarter inch leaving a couple rings of lace behind. Smell: big clove and peppery aroma, sweet fruit with a tart smelling skin - red plum-ish, caramelized sugar base. Taste: again dominated by clove and black pepper, brown sugar, red plum flesh and skin. Finishes sweet with a semi-drying peppery earthiness the last impression. Tasty and easy drinking with a low alcohol presence (7.5% btw).

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3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Okay. I like this dubbel. I find it a bit tight and wound up, but it still works how I would expect it to. The characteristics that I expect to find are there, though not as pronounced as I would hope for. The carbonation at first seems way overboard and interfering with the flavor delivery, but it does tone down over time. This one could have a bit more character to it, but for a mass produced dubbel, it's working well enough.

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3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12.7 oz bottle into a tulip glass:

A: The beer takes the color of burnt sugar as it sits in the glass with a pillowy tan head. Great retention on the head of the beer; it looks very attractive in the tulip. The corked, sturdy bottle and textured artwork on the label are a great touch.

S: Notes of creme brulee, caramel, and toasted malts come to the forefront. Just the right amount of sweetness.

T: As led-into by the nose, the beer starts with sweet notes of caramelized sugars and toasted bread. The flavors work together to make a smooth and buttery-sweet profile. The profile finishes with biscuity goodness.

M: Smooth velvety with a good touch of carbonation. The 7.5% abv does rear its head a bit in the finish.

O: From the presentation of the bottle to the sweet, caramely goodness of each quaff, I give Sierra Neveda and New Clairvaux props for providing a great dubbel experience.

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3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12.7 oz bottle into CBS snifter. Slightly chilled...

A) Nice deep brown with a little ruby hue. A full finger of creamy khaki colored head looks very inviting. Nice retention. The head clings to the glass like a milkshake. Very rich looking...

S) Yeast is the first aroma noted. A very earthy nose, dried grass, straw, a bit of wood. Then some fruit, but not the dark fruit I expected, more like pear and grape. There is some caramel sweetness as this warms.

T) There is quite a bit of flavor here. Roasted malt, spices, not too much pepper at all, which makes me happy. There are those dark fruits. It is as earthy/woody as the nose suggests. There is some alcohol on the backend.

M) Medium body + moderate carbonation. The finish is quite dry with some alcohol warmth.

O) For whatever reason, I didn't pull the trigger on purchasing a bomber of this brew, but when I found it in a 12 oz bottle, I snapped it right up. I must say, I'm glad I did, as this was quite enjoyable. A very solid dubbel... Glad to recommend...

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3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a SN tulip.

Pours a nice deep dark brown that's cloudy with some ruby notes. A thin dark brown head with some light thin lacing all the way down. Nose is malty, crisp, and a bit yeasty.

Taste is pretty crewy and yeasty right off. I've ha quite a few amercan interpretations of Belgian styles and this is easily one of the most spot on versions. Lots of dark fruit and sweet malt but even though it's not hoppy in any sense, it's well balanced and very drinkable. I'm very mug lookin onward to the other beers in this series.

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Ovila Abbey Dubbel from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 68.3% out of 100 with 1,036 ratings
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